Archive for November 9th, 2017

on November 9, 2017, 8:01 AM / in Opinion, State News

Oh, where do we go from here after last night’s election results?  Hot off the FPIW Blog, here’s our take on what’s next for Washington State’s social conservatives. Democrats Take Control of Washington State. What Does It Mean? Special election results from the 45th legislative district (Woodinville/Redmond) last night indicate that the Democrats just took control of the Washington State […]

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Owner of Johnson City pet store charged with animal cruelty

on November 9, 2017, 7:59 AM / in State News

I don’t know all the details of this case but I’ve never ever heard of someone being charged with animal cruelty for having algae in a fish tank. According to their web site the store has lizards, turtles, snakes, frogs, and spiders. JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The owner of an exotic pet shop in Johnson City is facing dozens […]

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Former Congressman and U.S. Senate Candidate Stephen Fincher Will  Speak in Jackson

Former Congressman and U.S. Senate Candidate Stephen Fincher Will Speak in Jackson

on November 9, 2017, 7:54 AM / in Announcements

Former Congressman and U.S. Senate Candidate Stephen Fincher will speak the Madison County Republican monthly meeting which will be held at Coyote Blues on November 13, 2017, Monday at 11:15 am. He is embarking on a state-wide campaign for the United States Senate as announce in late October. His last remembered effort while in Congress was reinstatement of the Export-Import Bank […]

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A POW’s True Grit

A POW’s True Grit

on November 9, 2017, 7:44 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Thursday, November 9, 2017. Tomorrow the United States will officially venerate the nation’s military veterans — past and present — by paying homage to their sacrifice, heroism, and suffering. Partly because Sen. John McCain is facing brain cancer so valiantly, my thoughts as we approach Veterans Day are with the men who fought in a singularly unpopular […]

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How life changes over 25 years.

How life changes over 25 years.

on November 9, 2017, 7:37 AM / in Bedtime Stories

Married 25 years, I took a look at my wife one day and said, “Honey, 25 years ago, we had a cheap apartment, a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10 inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 25 year old blonde. Now, we have a nice house, […]

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Regulators demand sale of CNN or DirecTV before AT&T-Time Warner deal

Regulators demand sale of CNN or DirecTV before AT&T-Time Warner deal

on November 9, 2017, 7:30 AM / in National News

U.S. antitrust regulators have told AT&T to sell either Turner Broadcasting — the parent of CNN — or its DirecTV satellite television unit before they will approve its bid to buy media company Time Warner, The New York Times and Reuters reported Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The demands could threaten the prospects of the $85.4 billion deal, […]

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Spanish court officially tosses out Catalonia’s declaration of independence

Spanish court officially tosses out Catalonia’s declaration of independence

on November 9, 2017, 7:26 AM / in International News

Spain’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday formally annulled the Catalan Parliament’s declaration of independence, approved last month and instantly condemned as illegal by the federal government. On the same day, demonstrators blocked roads across Catalonia demanding that Spain accept Catalonia’s bid to break away and release eight politicians arrested for the regional government’s independence push. The jailed lawmakers face a sedition […]

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Air Force Academy finds an alleged victim responsible for racist messages

Air Force Academy finds an alleged victim responsible for racist messages

on November 9, 2017, 7:24 AM / in National News

The Air Force Academy has determined that a cadet candidate previously believed to have been a target of racial slurs scrawled on note boards outside his room was actually the one who wrote the messages. Five African-American cadet candidates were reported in September to have been targeted with a racial slur and the words “go home” on erasable note boards. […]

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Rand Paul’s Neighbors Blast Attacker: ‘Absolutely No Justification For Dr. Boucher’s Behavior’

Rand Paul’s Neighbors Blast Attacker: ‘Absolutely No Justification For Dr. Boucher’s Behavior’

on November 9, 2017, 7:21 AM / in National News, State News

By JULIEGRACE BRUFKE   |   The Daily Caller Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbors are coming out in droves to defend the Kentucky Republican, who sustained serious injuries after being attacked outside his house in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Friday. Paul, who suffered six broken ribs and a pleural effusion, was blindsided and tackled by his neighbor of 17 years, Dr. Rene Boucher, 59, while he was mowing […]

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Americans think economy is improving — just not for them

Americans think economy is improving — just not for them

on November 9, 2017, 7:10 AM / in National News

More Americans say the economy is improving, but even those who see more prosperous times around them feel that their families are being left behind. The contrast is likely to present a challenge to politicians at all levels running for office next year. Those seeking reelection must find a way to claim credit for the improving economy while simultaneously empathizing […]

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GOP lawmaker says Congress won’t meet Dec. 8 spending deadline

GOP lawmaker says Congress won’t meet Dec. 8 spending deadline

on November 9, 2017, 7:08 AM / in National News

Congress is unlikely to have a deal to pass an omnibus spending bill by Dec. 8, and will likely need to agree to a short-term measure to prevent a government shutdown, says Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a key member of the House Appropriations Committee. Republican leadership is huddling with Democrats and the administration to agree on overall spending levels for […]

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25 Dems vow to block spending without Dream Act

25 Dems vow to block spending without Dream Act

on November 9, 2017, 7:05 AM / in National News

While we don’t think House Republicans are worried, House Democrats are escalating their threat to oppose a year-end spending bill unless it includes deportation relief for more than 1 million immigrants brought to the country without legal permission as kids. A group of 25 House Democrats said Wednesday they won’t vote for any government spending bill, risking a shutdown, unless Congress passes the […]

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25 percent would see higher tax rates in 2027 under GOP plan

25 percent would see higher tax rates in 2027 under GOP plan

on November 9, 2017, 7:01 AM / in National News

There is an updated report from the Tax Policy Center running around that states at least a quarter of taxpayers would see their taxes go up within a decade under the Republican plan to overhaul the tax code. The analysis also finds that at least 7 percent would see increases in the very first year. On average, though, the report […]

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Senate tax plan may delay corporate rate cut by one year

Senate tax plan may delay corporate rate cut by one year

on November 9, 2017, 6:56 AM / in National News, Opinion

The Senate tax plan is likely to have significant differences from the House version, including delaying the introduction of a lower corporate tax rate by a year, according to a Washington Post report. The report, which cites four unnamed sources familiar with the plan, said the delay was an effort to reduce the bill’s cost by $100 billion during the […]

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House panel declines to restore infrastructure financing tool in GOP tax bill

House panel declines to restore infrastructure financing tool in GOP tax bill

on November 9, 2017, 6:54 AM / in National News

House tax-writers declined to restore an infrastructure financing tool that was cut out of the GOP tax bill, while the Senate has not yet decided how to treat the issue in its own tax package. In a party-line vote on Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee rejected a Democratic amendment that would have kept the deduction on tax-exempt private […]

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Lobbyists in Washington in a Frenzy

Lobbyists in Washington in a Frenzy

on November 9, 2017, 6:51 AM / in National News

Lobbyists in Washington, it’s all tax reform, all the time. The GOP’s consideration of tax legislation has stirred feverish activity on K Street, with an army of lobbyists — even those who don’t specialize in taxes — swarming the Capitol to keep tabs on the bill. The stakes couldn’t be higher, with Republicans considering a sweeping overhaul of the tax […]

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CBO says Repealing ObamaCare mandate means millions more uninsured

on November 9, 2017, 6:49 AM / in National News

Repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate would lead to 4 million more uninsured Americans by 2019 and 13 million by 2027, a new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said, coming as some Republicans favor repealing the requirement as part of their tax overhaul. Why, well that is easy… someone else would not be paying for it so they would chose […]

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Always A Downside to Revenue Cuts…. Especially When You Don’t Cut Spending

Always A Downside to Revenue Cuts…. Especially When You Don’t Cut Spending

on November 9, 2017, 6:43 AM / in National News

GOP tax bill would add $1.7 trillion to debt: CBO The GOP’s tax bill would add $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the course of a decade, and increase the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio by 5.9 percentage points, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO analysis relied on the Joint Committee of Taxation’s finding that the bill would cut […]

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Where Republicans stand on tax-reform bill

Where Republicans stand on tax-reform bill

on November 9, 2017, 6:40 AM / in National News

Republicans are aiming to quickly pass sweeping tax-reform legislation but there are concerns from both conservative and centrist lawmakers about may of the bill’s provisions. The House Ways and Means Committee began marking up the bill on Monday and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has set a Thanksgiving deadline for a floor vote. Assuming all Democrats vote against the GOP bill, […]

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Day three of the GOP tax bill markup

on November 9, 2017, 6:35 AM / in National News

The third day of the House Ways and Means markup of the Republican tax bill drew to a close just before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, even though Democrats had expected to work well into the night. Republicans want to approve the legislation in the committee on Thursday, at which point the Senate will release their own version of the bill. […]

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